Gauntlet is an action game where players choose characters and fight their way through hordes of enemies that assault them on the way to the end of the level. One or two players must make their way through 100 levels of mayhem and magic.
The game features a choice of four characters to play with, each with different weapons. Thor the Warrior has a bludgeoning battle axe, Thyra the Valkyrie has a close range sword, Questor the Elf has his long range bow, and Merlin the Wizard has magical bolts.
Ghosts, goblins and even the life-draining Death are among the enemies. Enemies stream out of generators, so destroy these before tackling the rest.
Keys are needed to open the many doors within the levels, and in some situations a door will contain only bonus items, not a progressive route. Scattered magic potions act like smart bombs and clear the screen of all enemies. Beware of poison though, this reduces the character's energy level.
Treasure is abundant throughout the levels and adds to the player's score.
December 13, 2016 Subject:
The start of a hack and slash dungeon crawling legend.
Having played almost every version of this, I can honestly appreciate this rendition in it's infantile stage of evolution. I played the NES version of this so much it wore out 3 controllers. Then I found Tetris and a new obsession was born. I'm glad it still exists...